15 September 2016

MSP Urges 16 & 17 Year-Olds to Make Sure They are Registered to Vote

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson is urging 16 and 17 year-olds to ensure they are registered to vote.

Sixteen and seventeen-year-olds are now eligible to vote in Scottish elections, including the local government elections taking place on 4 May 2017.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson said:

“Engagement by young people in the political process has been extremely high since the Scottish Government changed the law to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the 2014 Independence Referendum and the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.

“Indeed, there was quite a bit of disappointment in 2015 when many young people who had cast their first vote in 2014 found they were unable to vote in the UK General Election just a few months later because Westminster refused to follow Scotland’s lead.

“However, I’m delighted that – for the first time – 16 and 17 year-olds will be able to cast their votes in the Council elections on 4 May, but it’s important that they ensure they are on the Electoral Register. The annual canvass for the Register is taking place now and is seeking details of Aberdeenshire residents who will be 15 on or before 30 November 2016, to make sure they get registered and are therefore ready to vote as soon as they turn 16.

“It’s important everyone, including young people, make sure their voice is heard next May.”

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